A New Account of the East Indies: Being the Observations and Remarks of Capt. Alexander Hamilton

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 18, 2013 - History - 354 pages
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Little is known of Captain Alexander Hamilton other than what he tells us in this work, first published in 1727. Written during his retirement, it is both an invaluable source of information on south-east Asia at the time and a lively travelogue of Hamilton's adventurous seafaring life in the service of the East India Company and independently between 1688 and 1723. An engaging storyteller, Hamilton writes of encounters with pirates, the Portuguese, and of a poisoning in Malacca, as well as providing vivid descriptions of the countries he visited - from Africa to Japan via India, Sumatra and China - and their social customs, religions, trade and commerce. His idiosyncratic maps and illustrations enhance his narrative despite his admission that he makes 'but little use of the pencil'. Volume 2 takes the reader up the east coast of India, thence to Burma, Sumatra, Java, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and finally Japan.
 

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Is a Continuation of the Deſcription of Ben
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Giuey an Account of Xatigam and the King
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Gicer an Account of the famous Kingdom
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Giees an Account of the Pcgu clergy their
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Treats of Merjee and Tanacerin and of
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Monte of the fDominions of Johore its
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H A P XLI
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Trents ofJava and the Iſtands near it with
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H A P XLVIl
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H A P XLVIIL
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Thetzts of Couchinchina and Tonquin their
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Gtees ſome Accottnts of the Religion Laws
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A Continuation of Obſervations on the Gode
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H A P LlV
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Giees ſome Account of the lſtanas of Minda
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Giees an Account of Borneo Page
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AContznnatton of the Domintons of Johore
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